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By Bret McCabe | Posted 1/28/2004

WEDNESDAY: A veteran of Europe's heady free-improvisation activity since the 1970s, Paul Rogers is an athletically agile bassist who often plays on unique versions of the instrument: for his solo performance tonight at Bertha's, he's playing a custom double bass with six strings with 12 underlying sympathetic strings. INK's search planes strafe the Talking Head with the Country Teasers' wide-open beavers of Nashville and the Wilderness. If the Cure can be used to shill digital cameras on TV, then swirling '80s mope rock is back. For proof, dig the Stills, whose 2003 Logic Will Break Your Heart is a 12-song collection of feel-good, midtempo guitar jangle skittering beneath singer/guitarist Tim Fletcher's bring-you-down songs; the Montreal quartet hits Fletcher's with the fabulously ridiculous the Unicorns, who aren't afraid of smiles nor good times. Heyfield and Bayside hammer the Ottobar with International Orange, Stars Hide Fire, and Tim Kaye. Junglist Ed Rush, the cutthroat flow of Optical, and drum 'n' basser Rhyme Tyme get blended at Sonar Lounge with Actual Fact and Akasha. Drivin' n' Cryin's Kevn Kinney brings the meat loaf and fish sticks to the Mojo Room with the Silos' Walter Salas-Humara and E. Joseph. New-folk singer/songwriter Cliff Eberhardt thought that you should know about his gig at Sykesville's Baldwin's Station. Lalah Hathaway godit going on at Annapolis' Rams Head Tavern.

THURSDAY: Fat-lace-wearing DJ Q-Bert sneak-attacks Sonar with Two Teks, Cam One and Rockwell, and Jon E. Kwest. Bassist Paul Rogers plays a second night at Bertha's, this time with local improvisers John Berndt on electronics and John Dierker on reeds. Washington's blue-smoke-blowing Dead Meadow gives the Ottobar a Rocky Mountain high with Brachiation and Equus. Temp Sound Solutions plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head with Stockholm Syndrome, Telekenesis for Cats, Chris G, and the Wire Orchestra.Ellicott City trio Owen Brown gots the jimmy-jam-band skills at the Royal. Chromosome recombines at the Sidebar Tavern with the Everyothers and the Lilas. Regional singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is a folkie of a different stripe at the Funk Box. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto with violinist Gidon Kremer and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Les Savy Fav flies around the room at Washington's Black Cat with Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen and Love as Laughter's Sam Jayne.

FRIDAY: Jerome Hicks takes charge of Sugar at Sonar. The Honky Slim Band rocks the Sidebar with Sab Grey and the Royal Americans and Bobby Colorado and the Ultimate Late Night Partiers. The BSO performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto with violinist Gidon Kremer and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 at the Meyerhoff. Ruby Minor plays a CD-release show at the Mojo Room with Sublux. The Vita Men energize the Talking Head with Bird Bath, Solitarians, and Hazardous Guadalupe. Milquetoast early-'90s alt-pop combo Crash Test Dummies--playing Fletcher's tonight--went soul 'n' sleazy for 2003's Puss 'n' Boots. Jump Street plays the New Haven Lounge. Multi-instrumental ethno-folkie Beth Patterson heats up the Cellar Stage at St. John's United Methodist Church of Hamilton. Kustom Blend plays a CD-release show at Towson's Recher Theatre with K.O.E. and Longhouse.

SATURDAY: American free-drumming veteran Karen Jurgens plays in a trio with reeds player John Berndt and the invented instruments of Neil Feather at the Red Room at Normals Books and Records. Baltimore's mighty Misery Index and Washington's downright mental Pig Destroyer snuff the Ottobar with Triac, Medic, and Shit Dogs of War. Local politico-punk trio the Soma Solution plays a CD-release show at the Talking Head with Vigilant System, Beyond the Grunt Call, and Ketman. J Da Flex rules over Ultraworld at Sonar with Michael Maxim. 52 Pickup and the Barn Burners torch the Royal. Summers End plays a CD-release show at Fletcher's with Penicillin and Kill Whitey. Cyrus Chestnut plays the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance fund-raising gala at MICA's Brown Center. Is the Greatest the greatest of all time at the Charm City Space? Jump Street plays a second night at the New Haven. The Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills welcomes International Guitar Night, featuring Brian Gore, Guinga, and Pierre Bensusan. Columbia's Candlelight Concert Series presents New York woodwind quintet Windscape at the Howard County Community College's Smith Theatre, performing Leonard Bernstein's Prelude to Trouble in Tahiti, Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite" from La Mere L'Oye and Le Tombeau de Couperin, Elliot Carter's Woodwind Quintet, Olivier Messiaen's Prelude No. 1, and Irving Fine's Partita for Wind Quintet.

SUNDAY: Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra give big-band jazz its due at the Meyerhoff at 3 p.m. Proteus plays a Charm City Space art opening with Beyond the Grunt Call and Blackie Knight and the Daylights.

MONDAY: Icons of Filth--yes, ye olde extremist Brit-punk--visit Baltimore for the first time ever, getting fast and loose at the Sidebar with the Goons, Thought Crime, and Fighting Chance. Going on five years now without a new album--yes, we're not counting Irony Is a Dead Scene-- Dillinger Escape Plan burns through Washington's 9:30 Club with the Locust, Your Enemies Friends, and Orthrelm.

TUESDAY: Vince Neil X-poses himself to the Thunder Dome.

WEDNESDAY: Company Flow DJ Mr. Len pities the fools at the Ottobar with Roosevelt Franklin--the duo of Len and Masterminds MC Kimani Rogers--Kice with Proton, and DJ Stretch. San Francisco psychedelic-pop outfit Swell has a new album--2003's sunny Whenever You're Ready--and eases into the Talking Head. Newbie Americana singer/songwriter Mindy Smith brings her Trio to the Rams Head.

IN THE WINGS: As that former Wings maven would say, Valentine's Day is in full effect in Harm City if you want to get your band on. Junglist Dieselboy upgrades Sonar's system with Emma Feline. (For more information, call [410] 327-8333 or visit www.sonarlounge.com.) Local third-eye soul/jazz outfit Fertile Ground gets spiritual at the Funk Box with the Nicki Gonzalez Band. (For more information, call [410] 625-2000 or visit www.thefunkbox.com.) Whiskey at the Wake does its up Celtic-punk style at the Sidebar with the Screws and Homeowners. (For more information, call [410] 659-4130 or visit www.sidebartavern.com.) Roots-rocker Martin Sexton journeys to the Recher. (For more information, call [410] 337-7210 or visit www.rechertheatre.com.) And folkie Christine Lavin smiles on the Gordon Center. (For more information, call [410] 356-7469 or visit www.gordoncenter.com.)

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